Annual Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 16th following Divine Liturgy, the children of our parish reinacted the story of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ through a play complete with costumes, readings, and festive carols. Thank you to our children, their parents and our Sunday School teachers who made this a memorable event.
Sunday, December 16th marked the Grand Finale of our parish 100th Anniversary Celebration. Our final event celebrated our youth and the future of our parish, with the 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza! A pot luck luncheon was enjoyed by all, followed by a talent show presented by our own Annunciation Parishioners. The talent included Voice and Piano by Audrey Cooper, Piano duet by Father and Ana Costin, Recorder by Joshua Farley, Jokes by Alexis Cusak, Clarinet by Lucy Schaeffer, Viola by Olivia Salkovitz as well as an additional dance and piano performances. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this a festive and memorable afternoon!
HELP NEEDED for ST. BASIL’S - We are experiencing a shortage of volunteer helpers for our Monday meal ministries. We would truly appreciate it if a few more helpers could join our hard working crew, even if only once in a while. We start at 9am and finish around noon. It’s hard work, but fun and rewarding. We’re so grateful to those who help us. If interested, please contact Cathy Chadwick (978-884-2149) or feel free to just inquire about our services that provide basic necessities to those in need of home-cooked meals, companionship, and visiting our food pantry. We warmly welcome all who come through our doors. Thank you!
Centennial Gala Celebration!
On November 3rd many gathered to enjoy a festive evening of dinner and dancing at Angelica’s Restaurant, as the finale begins for the year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of our blessed Annunciation Church. Guests included current members and friends of the parish, as well as visitors and family members who traveled a distance to celebrate memories of this special place from their past. Rev. Christopher Foustoukos addressed the guests with his remarks on the impact that the Annunciation made on his life as a newly ordained Priest. Letters were read from Rev. Aris Metrakos and Rev. Stanely Harakas who also extended their congratulations and shared warm words for their memories of time spent at the Newburyport parish.
A special thanks to the 100th Anniversary Gala Committee: Diane Hansen, Irene Katsoulis and Daphne Tikellis
Following on Sunday, November 4th we were honored to have His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston celebrate Divine Liturgy. Our choir combined with special guests of the Metropolis of Boston Choir Federation responded with resounding traditional hymns making for a memorable service. Everyone was invited to a specail brunch in Nicholson Hall following the service. See Photos Here.
Our 100th Year Celebrations Continue...
On Sunday, December 16th, we will wrap up our 100th Anniversary celebrations with the Annual Church School Christmas Pageant immediately following Divine liturgy, followed by a pot-luck lunch and the Christmas Extraveganza showcasing a variety of talent throughout the Parish. Please contact Jennifer Cooper or Susan George if you are interested in sharing your talent during this fun and festive event!
NEEDED: Backpacks for Foster Kids-
We would like every family in the parish to participate in our new Backpack Ministry Project to help school age children in need. One completed backpack per family. We will simply ask you to add a school supply or two each month from now until the end of January. This is a wonderful way to engage your children in helping others less fortunate. Please remember to also offer a family prayer for the child who will receive the backpack.
Saint Basil’s Ministries has set up a backpack station in the Narthex right next to the on-going food pantry collection station. There are many ways to help if you choose not to take on the monthly challenge. You can donate single items at the Backpack Station in the Narthex or simply write a check with your donation towards this project to "Saint Basil’s Ministries". Please write Foster Care in the memo line.
Eikona Weekend a Big Success!
The weekend of September 21st - 23rd was alive with the voices of Eikona, a professional trio consisting of three sisters with a lifetime of musical talent embedded in liturgical music. Their angelic voices, along side our own talented choir, filled our church during the Paraklesis Service on Friday night, a concert on Saturday night and the Matins and Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Thank you to all of the volunteers and musical talents who came together to make this weekend a great and unforgetable success!
Please fill out the newly created Proposed Event Form for any events that you may be planning to hold at the Annunciation Church, Nicholson Hall or St. Basil's Hall. The completed form should be given to Jen Cooper for review by the council and finance committee when reimbursement is necessary. This will allow us to improve our yearly financial record keeping.
Save the Date
Sunday, February 3rd - Super Sunday Cook-off
Get an early start on your Super Bowl celebration during this special coffee hour offering delicious soups in our annual Super Sunday Cook-off. All cooks and tasters alike are welcome to participate in this event and enjoy time together. A suggested donation of $5 pp.
A prize will be awarded to the winning cook! See details and sign-up sheet for soup entry here.
Sunday, February 10th - St. Basil's Winter Tea
"Our Winter High Tea is coming soon!" We'll be having an assortment of scones, muffins and pastry as well as tea sandwiches and a decorated cake on each table. This will be a fundraiser for St. Basil's Hall.
You and your family or friends are invited to sponsor a table for this year's tea! Please contact Andrea Jones if you are interested. This will involve setting one table for 8 total seats with a tablecloth, cutlery, napkins and a centerpiece of a decorated cake (can be purchased or homemade).
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